Tom Bratt in GOCC Auto Garage showing prizes.

Prizes keep coming for Automotive Technologies program

The joint Glen Oaks Community College and Intermediate School District (ISD) Automotive Technologies program at the Centreville campus seems to be on a winning roll. Perhaps some Lotto tickets should be purchased?

Career Tech Instructor Tom Braat said he enters the Valvoline Vo-Tech Motor Oil Education incentive program each year, but this February he was one of 10 teachers nationally to receive a top prize of $1,000.

“Our students participated in a Valvoline Motor Oil student quiz in November. If we returned the completed quizzes promptly we are entered in a national drawing for one of several early bird prizes. The top prize is the $1,000 to be used to purchase teaching materials. This year we actually received one of the $1,000 checks,” said Braat, adding the money will be used to purchase training material.

Not long after hearing from Valvoline, Braat said the automotive program learned from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) that the training program would receive five “free” Digital Multi-Meters from the Amprobe Company. “These meters are electronic testing tools for automotive repair and generally cost about $36 each. Since we are members of NATEF and follow their certification program, we qualified for the meters donated by NATEF and Amprobe,” explained Braat.
All this luck follows last year’s donation from the Ford Motor Company of several late model cars and engines for classroom use.
“All in all, it has been a good month,” laughed Braat.